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Kent Premier League Champions
So here is is, the tale of how the final day of the 2014 season unfolded. If Blackheath had not lost to Beckenham last week then this would have been a 1st Vs 2nd placed shoot out for the title. Now Blackheath lay 4th and out of range. Meanwhile a 3rd placed Hartley played a 4th placed Lordswood away and if The Vine slipped up then the winner of that game would be champions.
So all the Vine had to do was win, and the title would be ours for the first time since 1997, one player surviving from that side was John Bowden (VP). The crowd grew as the sun came out and became captivated by the thrilling climax to the game; a big thank you to everyone from the town who came to support us.
The Vine won the toss and elected to bat. Here’s what happened during the day in pictures. If anyone has any photos to share for posterity please send them to me and I’ll include them.
Here’s the last ball VID-20140908-WA0000
(Click on the first photo to enlarge them and them click through).
Here’s a link to the Sevenoaks Chronicle pictures
Welcome to Sevenoaks Vine, sponsored by Savills
Steve and Julie welcoming you on our ECB Club Day
History captured on canvass by Graeme Lothian, famous war artist
Will on the BBQ
I bet we win
Cow getting ready to bat
The other Cow and Asif chewing the cud
the crowd grew all day
Vine regulars in pole position
More familiar faces arrive
That's us done, 250 to win
George on the BBQ
Here we go
The crowd look nervous
Go on, is it out?
Yes, that's out
That's Out! (Sevenoaks Chronicle)
Keep your eye on it Olly
Got it, now wait....
Can he stay inside the boundary? Gentleman in the orange socks, can you help please?
Yes! Great catch. Thank you to the man in the orange socks, that is much appreciated
The crowd built all day in the sun
The home crowd became expectant
Hmm, who's on top just after drinks?
Cow on to bowl
Great catch Milo
Nick Sale trying his arm
....and JB too
Great stumping Mikey
Well bowled JB
Low Fives (Sevenoaks Chronicle)
Another wicket (Sevenoaks Chronicle)
Well caught Blackers
High fives all round
Blackers' delight (Sevenoaks Chronicle)
Last ball bowled
The Chronicle snapper snapped
Winning Captain, Tom Parsons
Crangy opening the Champoo
and got JB too
...fine by him!
The three amigos
Let the fun begin
A few words from the Chairman
TBT, Junior Chair and friends
after the speeches
just sinking in
time for a beer
or maybe two beers!
CHAMPIONS 2014 (Sevenoaks Chronicle)
The Kent Legends discuss a legendary performance
How many of them won the Kent Premier League?
Welcome to the Winning Skippers club
Kent League Dinner
Awaiting the awards
Gibbo with a Surrey tie!
2nd Time Shami has had his hands on the trophy